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Psychology with Counselling Skills BSc Honours

In demand across a range of sectors, a degree in psychology with counselling opens the door to a fulfilling career.
Code
C8B9
Start
October 2021
Duration
3 years full-time
5 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK) *
£14,000 (EU / INT) *
Course leader
Richard Barry

Combining psychology and counselling

Combing psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice, this course is an ideal stepping-stone towards a career in counselling, psychotherapy, as well as clinical psychology. During your BSc in Psychology with Counselling you’ll gain a broad understanding of psychology, alongside developing specialist counselling skills. You’ll also learn about mental health practices and how they are studied and researched.

Our course has been accredited by the British Psychological Society. Those with a Lower Second Classification (or higher) will be eligible to apply for BPS accredited Master's and Doctoral programmes leading to careers as a Psychologist.

Previous graduates from this course have gone on to work as support workers, social therapists, counsellors, and case managers. You'll also have the option of working within private hospitals, independent practices, education in schools and universities, and public and private corporate institutions.

Learning counselling skills in a work environment

When available, you’ll be taught in our award winning Hatchcroft Building which includes physiology, social observation, virtual reality and auditory cognition laboratories. This allows you to build your skills in a live environment as you’ll have access to psycho-physiology and social observation labs, as well as 12 testing cubicles. Even in eventualities where we are unable to be in the laboratory or the classroom together, we aimm to use virtual tools to help you develop key practical skills.

During your counselling and psychology degree you’ll be encouraged to take on a work placement so you can test your skills in the real world. Previously we've seen our students take on internships in areas such as eating disorders, autism and the psychological factors relating to male and female rape.

We'll give you all the support you need

Our personalised approach gives you the support you need to succeed as a student. While you're an undergraduate or foundation year student, you’ll have a Personal Tutor directly related to your course. If you need support with academic writing, numeracy and library skills, we’ll provide it. Our Student Learning and Graduate Academic Assistants have studied your subject and can support you based on their own experience.


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What will you study on the BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills?

The course develops the essential knowledge and skills required for counselling psychology alongside the soft skills necessary to build collaborative and effective relationships with patients. You will study compulsory modules in the first and second year which will introduce the broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches to psychology and counselling. In your third year you will choose options from areas as diverse as mental health and wellbeing, psychoanalysis and psychology coaching.

What will you gain?

You will gain a wealth of additional skills to support you in your future career or further studies including: research and analytical skills; and detailed communications skills including a thorough understanding of human communication methods.

Modules

We’ve made temporary changes to some course modules for students starting in 2020 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, there’s info on these updates below.

  • Year 1

    • Mind and Body in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the five core areas of psychology (cognitive, social, biological, developmental, individual differences).

    • The Counselling Relationship (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces a range of counselling concepts and skills.

    • Psychological Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to quantitative statistical analysis as they are employed in psychological research.

    • Preparing for Academic Success (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to equip you with skills and knowledge about psychology, and the University, that contribute to academic success. The module also aims to help you to develop plans for your future development within and beyond your programme of study. The 'process' of being a student can be difficult and confusing. The educational institution and the academic discipline both have many assumptions and processes that can be hard to uncover and understand without some guidance.  This module will explain how relevant aspects of Psychology and Middlesex University 'work', so that you can gain the maximum benefit from your studies. It will also show you how you can apply psychological knowledge to your own development as individuals and learners, and stimulate preparations for future careers.

    • Research Methods & Design in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative psychological research.

  • Year 2

    • Applied Psychology Research Methods & Ethics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module enables you to understand, evaluate and conduct applied psychological research to understand how research design relates to research questions. It provides you with skills in a variety of analytical methods and enables you to conduct ethical psychological research utilising quantitative qualitative methods. It provides the foundation for interpretation critical discussion of published psychological research.

    • Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This core module aims to develop the depth and breadth of your understanding of primary and contemporary theory and research in three essential areas: social psychology, developmental psychology and individual differences.

    • Therapeutic Applications of Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience & Individual Differences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module equips you with an appreciation of the relevance of theory and research in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and individual differences to the practice of psychological therapies.

    • Approaches to Psychological Therapies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides an overview of the major theories and findings underpinning the practice of psychological therapies.

  • Year 3 - Students must complete a total of 120 credits in the final year

    • Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your knowledge of social approaches to mental health theory, research and practice, and their application to community mental health.

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to encourage a deeper understanding of the relationship between theory and practice, whilst allowing you to develop, review, reflect on and improve employment skills within the context of your own discipline. It will also further develop independent learning and communication skills. Finally, the module aims to prepare you to apply for postgraduate study and/or graduate employment after graduation

  • Year 3 dissertation modules - choose ONE module from the following:

    • Dissertation (30 credits)

      This module encourages you to pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. You will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation. You will have the opportunity to become a competent and self-sufficient researcher.

    • Extended Psychology Dissertation (45 credits)

      Within this module, you will pursue independent study with a designated supervisor on a topic not offered in-depth among the normal range of modules. You will be expected to carry out an original investigation using a recognised psychology or cognitive science research method, and produce a dissertation based on that research. The title and methodology of this dissertation must be agreed with the supervisor in advance. Undertaking this module will enable you to develop your methodological and statistical knowledge acquired through previous research methods training. It will develop your competence in the production of coherent written reports which are clearly presented and which have an analytic and critical orientation, and it will provide the opportunity for you to become competent and self-sufficient researcher.

  • Year 3 optional modules (changes for students in 2020) - The remaining credits must be filled with the following options; a maximum of one module can be taken from each block:

    • Autumn term modules - Block 1

      PSY3034 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
      PSY3052 Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 credits)
      PSY3051 Applying health Psychology to behaviour change (15 credits)
      PSY3054 Critical Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

    • Autumn term modules - Block 2

      PSY3037 Creative and Visual research methods (15 credits)
      PSY3056 Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (15 credits)

    • Autumn term modules - Block 3

      PSY3035 Creativity & Imagination (15 credits)
      PSY3042 Psychology in Education (15 credits)
      PSY3046 How to DO cognitive neuroscience (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 4

      PSY3038 Psychology of Music (15 credits)
      PSY3057 Primatology (15 credits)
      PSY3053 Neuropsychology of language & communication (15 credits)
      PSY3048 Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 5

      PSY3043 Coaching Psychology (15 credits)
      PSY3045 Lifespan Stages: Adult stages of development (15 credits)
      PSY3031 The Science Of Intimate Relationships (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 6

      PSY3039 Therapeutic Psychology (15 credits)
      PSY3044 Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 credits)
      PSY3055 Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (15 credits)
      PSY3049 The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 credits)

  • Year 3 optional modules (typical course structure) - The remaining credits must be filled with the following options; a maximum of one module can be taken from each block:

    • Autumn term modules - Block 1

      PSY3034 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (15 credits)
      PSY3041 Atypical Child Development (15 credits)
      PSY3052 Neuropsychology: The healthy brain and what can go wrong with it (15 credits)
      PSY3051 Applying health Psychology to behaviour change (15 credits)
      PSY3054 Critical Forensic Psychology (15 credits)

    • Autumn term modules - Block 2

      PSY3037 Creative and Visual research methods (15 credits)
      PSY3033 Infancy and childhood: psychoanalytic perspectives (15 credits)
      PSY3047 New Directions in Cognitive Science (15 credits)
      PSY3056 Social, Cultural & Community Mental Health (15 credits)

    • Autumn term modules - Block 3

      PSY3035 Creativity & Imagination (15 credits)
      PSY3042 Psychology in Education (15 credits)
      PSY3046 How to DO cognitive neuroscience (15 credits)
      PSY3032 Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice: Psychoanalysis for Therapists (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 4

      PSY3038 Psychology of Music (15 credits)
      PSY3057 Primatology (15 credits)
      PSY3053 Neuropsychology of language & communication (15 credits)
      PSY3030 Death, Separation and Loss (15 credits)
      PSY3048 Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 5

      PSY3043 Coaching Psychology (15 credits)
      PSY3045 Lifespan Stages: Adult stages of development (15 credits)
      PSY3036 Fundamentals of cognition: Human memory (15 credits)
      PSY3031 The Science Of Intimate Relationships (15 credits)

    • Spring term modules - Block 6

      PSY3039 Therapeutic Psychology (15 credits)
      PSY3044 Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 credits)
      PSY3055 Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (15 credits)
      PSY3049 The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 credits)

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BSc Psychology with Counselling Skills support your career?

Our specialist psychology degree prepares you for a career as a counsellor or social worker, or for a role in other sectors such as law, business management or education. You will also be well prepared for further studies to become a charted psychologist.

Psychology graduates are highly valued across the economy, because of the transferable skills they develop. As a psychology professional you could find yourself working in all kinds of roles from priming elite athletes and sports teams to improve their performance to advising governments on policy. Counselling psychologists work in the NHS, in general and psychiatric hospitals and GP surgeries. You could also work within private hospitals, independent practices, industry, education in schools and universities, and public and private corporate institutions.

You could be working in roles such as business manager, teaching assistant, early years practitioner, social therapist, counsellor, and market researcher in organisations including:

  • NHS East London
  • HMP Holloway
  • APPT, Northwood Day Nursery
  • Middlesex University
  • Serco
  • Mosaic Youth
  • IFF Research
  • London Borough of Barnet
  • Camden Council

Additionally, you can go on to do further study. Those with a Lower Second Classification (or higher) will be eligible to apply for BPS accredited Masters and Doctoral programmes leading to careers as a Psychologist. You will also be able to progress to postgraduate training leading to accredited status as a Psychotherapist or Counsellor.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one to one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews, networking and so on. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Michelle Mounsdon

    Psychology with Counselling Skills BSc student

    I came for an open day and the facilities available in the Hatchcroft Psychology building were better than any other University I had seen. The lecturers were inspiring and enthusiastic about the courses on offer and the campus was modern and very welcoming.

    I've really enjoyed the practical workshops offered as part of the Counselling Skills course; a chance to learn and practice new techniques which helped me to gain a voluntary counsellor job with the charity 'Place2Be.' I have also enjoyed learning about new aspects of psychology such as 'neuropsychology' and 'lifespan development'.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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